We've all accidentally called someone the wrong name. One of the most embarrassing moments for us as kids was when we called the teacher "mom" by accident or said "I love you" to someone random.
Teachers have reactions to this, as well. We don't remember them because we are too busy in our own embarrassment, but they're there.
Here were some of those answers.
That's how I feel when kids I babysit accidentally call me mom/mama/mommy. It always makes me feel like I'm doing a good job because it means they subconsciously see me as having a semi-parental role.
Hehe, It's Cute!
I usually laugh a little and move on. I'm an ESL teacher and I had one incident when a child called me "mom" in his native language and then corrected himself by saying "oops! I mean mom!" in English. Everyone found it more amusing that he corrected the language and not the fact that he accidentally called me mom lol
The Sweetest Thing
Due to my age + covid, I don't have much experience, but it happened to me as a trainee teacher. I found it incredibly sweet. We both laughed it off and kept going. Then she added that she wouldn't mind having two mums - her real one and me. To this day, I can't tell if she meant it or if it was a joke. Anyway, I told her that I was too young to have kids of my own, but that I'd like to have a daughter like her some day.
I still remember her cries when I had to go back to uni and she realized she wouldn't see me again :(
I'm The Mama
One year, I had one of my seniors call me mom and the moniker just stuck because they all thought it suited me. So for that entire year, my students called me mom. It was very sweet because as the year progressed that's how they saw me— many of them came to me with problems, cried on my shoulder and now that they have graduated— I hear them scream, "Mom!!!" when they see me shopping.
Get Back To Where You Once Belonged
Called my 5th grade teacher Mom on accident. She said "I'll be your mom if you want" jokingly although I was seriously considering it... looking back she was one of the most influential teachers in my life. She passed a couple years later of cancer 😢 Why did this question just put me in an emotional time machine?
Not mum, but a female student (I teach adults) once called me by her boyfriend's name (who happens to look very similar to me). She was incredibly embarrassed, I ignored it, the rest of the class found it hilarious and mocked her for a week or two.
I laugh a little and continue the interaction. I've even been called dad twice, but I still take no offense. Just means dad's the one they usually ask for help from at home. The only one I correct is if they call me a previous teacher's name, but I always do it gently with a smile.
I'm a daycare teacher and my students are toddlers, so far, none of them have called me mum. There's a baby in another class that has become extremely attached to my coworker and has recently started calling her mum. Like calling out 'mum' to get her attention or when she needs comfort. It was funny the first couple times, now we're just worried she'll do it in front of her parents one day.
Ma'am Or Mammy
Not my story but in 7th grade my friend's mother was our maths teacher. At school she'll call her ma'am tho. One day she called her as mom and everyone started laughing. We knew it was gonna happen but didn't know it'll happen twice. Her mom didn't even care tho. She just went on taking the lessons. We had a laugh out of it for some months later.
As An Asset
Not a teacher, baut a student.
I'm now a senior at high school but in my junior year i accidentally called my IT-teacher Mum.. She was talking about the lesson and when I said that she just froze and started crying. Now i heard that her own kids don't call her mom so the mom-word is very emotional for her. So me and my classmates decided to call her mom the whole year this year so she feels better.